Moscow claims strikes on Novaya Kakhovka were made possible by the delivery of American weapons to Kiev
Monday’s deadly shelling of the Russian-held city of Novaya Kakhovka, in southern Ukraine, could not have happened without the assistance of the US, a senior Russian diplomat has said.
Dmitry Polyansky, the deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN, told RIA Novosti that American heavy weapons had given Kiev the ability to hit the area.
“Such strikes on civilian sites can only draw resolute condemnation. It is a direct consequence of the delivery of weapons by the [United] States to Kiev,” the diplomat explained.
Vladimir Leontyev, the city’s administration chief, said on Tuesday that seven people were killed and up to 70 were injured. He earlier said that a fertilizer storage detonated from the shelling, and multiple houses were damaged, as well as other civilian sites, including a market and a hospital.
Another source, Natalya Zarya, who coordinates the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city, said that a storage facility with 35 tons of aid, including food, has also been destroyed.
The Ukrainian military announced on Tuesday that it destroyed an ammunition depot in Novaya Kakhovka. The attack was widely celebrated by pro-Kiev social media accounts.
Ukraine and Russia have repeatedly accused each other of shelling residential areas and killing civilians.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.